Following former TalkSport boss Kelvin MacKenzie's attack on the station for sacking long-serving late-night host James Whale, LBC's Jonathan Richards defends the broadcaster's actions

I've never met Moz Dee, the programme director at Talksport. I've heard of him and my impression of him is that he's a fairly creative creature. I have no idea of his qualities as a leader. My experience of many ex- BBC managers isn't great.

However, I do feel a strange affinity for him and a need to defend him after an attack on him by former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie. Like Moz, I'm relatively new in my job and it's a fantastic role. I can imagine Moz has taken the decision to leave the cosy BBC because he wants a challenge in the real world.

Kelvin describes him as sly and devious for taking disciplinary action against James Whale. He talks of insiders at Ofcom aghast at such decisive action. Come on Kelvin, name names who in Ofcom is talking to a high level journalist like yourself about internal disciplinary decisions at a radio station?

I'm sure Moz acted totally correctly in investigating a clear breach of election period broadcasting law. As a leader, he had a double dilemma.

Externally, he would have appeared to have condoned it if he hadn't taken action which showed Ofcom just how seriously he viewed the breach. He will have been mindful of the heavy fine handed down by Ofcom when Chris Evans strayed at Virgin.

Internally, as a leader, he would have been sending a message to his team that if you're James Whale, you're Teflon-coated. Big talent can do what it likes. Well it can't.

Big talent should be respected and nurtured, but unlike the BBC, where tax payers pick up the bill for 'star turns', Moz would have been aware that out of control presenters spell out commercial trouble. Commercial trouble means a cut in advertising income and the hard working backroom staff being put under threat of job cuts.

When Kelvin was at The Sun he hated limp-wristed, ditherers who were indecisive. Yet he displays hypocrisy here by attacking a man who had the bottle to take firm and decisive action (despite the risks).

Leadership isn't always about being popular. It's about being strong and having faith that history will judge you kindly. To ensure fair play, we need rules. James Whale knew the rules of the game and he broke them - he has been given a red card. End of.

Of course when it comes to the politics of Kelvin MacKenzie, it isn't so much a case of left or right, but quoting from the Joe Jackson song, ‘Right or Wrong'...

Jonathan Richards is programme director of LBC 97.3 and LBC News 1152